Career Development

Study Career Development at Otago Polytechnic and learn to inspire and empower people to reach their full potential. As a Career Practitioner, you’ll help clients overcome social and personal disadvantages and achieve their career aspirations.

Otago Polytechnic Study Social Services Career Development v2

With a strong emphasis on industry-relevant training, you’ll explore career transition, matching theories and job search strategies. You’ll discover how to use local, national, and international networks, resources and organisations, and gain a sound knowledge of relevant legislation.

Through our Bachelor Degree, you’ll have the chance to specialise in an elective to become a Career Practitioner. Alternatively, focus your studies on working with youths, through the Diploma in Youth Work. Whatever your choice, you’ll find it a rewarding career.

The biggest point of difference at Otago Polytechnic is our real-world approach to learning. During your studies, you’ll have the chance to work as a Career Guide in the Otago Polytechnic Career Success Centre offering advice and assistance to students with the full support of your lecturers and professional career practitioners.

Career Development qualifications

Community Services

This qualification will prepare you for a career as a Youth Worker within Aotearoa New Zealand. You’ll learn skills and techniques to support young people (12-24 years) and their whānau by helping them to develop quality relationships and providing guidance on education, training and employment. Course work includes a series of work placements, one of which where you will lead and evaluate a youth development project.

Duration

2 Years

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Rangatahi Development Worker, Youth Advocate, Youth Facilitator, Youth Worker

Community Services

This degree will give you the necessary skills to be a capable and confident social services professional working in New Zealand. At the end of your first year, you’ll choose your specialty, then complete placements during your second and third year to build your industry experience and contacts. You’ll graduate with a high-level of self-awareness, a thorough understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi principals and the communication skills to engage and support a diverse range of people.

Duration

3 Years

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Career Practitioner, Counsellor, Disability Support, Mental Health Advisor, Youth Worker

Community Services

This programme is designed for those who want to broaden their Bachelor of Social Services degree with a second specialty or add a focused specialty to another degree. This diploma will enable you to gain a vocational specialty by working with clients and studying professional practice and theory.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Career Practitioner, Counsellor, Disability Support, Mental Health Advisor, Youth Worker

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